Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Associated Press, Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:14 PM ET
via Huff Po & Yahoo! News & CNN

WASHINGTON - Comedian Al Franken has reached out to Democratic lawmakers from Minnesota in recent days, seeking advice on a possible Senate run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman next year.

Franken, a veteran of "Saturday Night Live" and radio show host, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's called all of the Democrats in the delegation.

"I didn't call Coleman," he deadpanned. "I want to mainly touch base and get advice and counsel on certain issues."

Franken said he's also been reaching out to campaign veterans, pollsters and others to get their advice. While people have been encouraging, Franken said, they've also warned about possible pitfalls.

One in particular, Franken relayed: "It's unknown how people will respond to a comedian running for the Senate. I need to figure out a way to let people know I'm extremely serious about Minnesotans and their lives."

Franken said he hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks. Last year, he moved his radio show from New York City to Minneapolis.

Rep. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said that when he picked up the phone, the first thing Franken said was, "I need you to explain countercyclical payments to me."

Right on schedule. As Franken wrote in his 2005 book, The Truth (with jokes), the last chapter of which is a prospectively retrospective look at the 8 years of George W. Bush's administration in the form of a 2015 letter from Franken to his future grandkids:

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flash forward 6.30.2009

flash forward: September 2009, on the job at the Minnesota State Fair ...

see also Frankentone

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